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Friday, November 12, 2010

A poll

1.What kinds of improvements or maintenance are you planning on doing over the winter?

2. How does everyone feel about doing a Christmas dinner somewhere  (restraunt, pub?)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Graval bar in Fraser River ecological reserve?

Subject: Gravel bars Fraser River near Chilliwack - conservation area


I thought you might be interested in this. Bob Barron and myself were playing around on the gravel bars today and ended up landing on one with a nice smooth sandy area. I've seen aircraft in there many times. I think you and your friend with the 172 may even have landed in there on occasion.

In any case we landed there today, and there was a 180 already there with several people already walking around enjoying the day.  As we walked over to say hello we were approached by a couple of parks bc volunteer wardens asking if we knew that the island was an ecological reserve?  Of course we didn't. It isn't marked on the aviation chart. I pulled out my laptop and we checked the Parks BC website and the map they provide doesn't even clearly indicate the area as ecological reserve. It is however a reserve and apparently we aren't welcome there with our aircraft.

Anyway, here is the link to the Parks BC page with the info and a google earth pic of the area in question. Fortunately it's the only ecological reserve in the area, all other gravel bars appear to be fair game.

How we could have known about this I haven't a clue. If you feel inclined you can pass the word...or not, up to you.


Ian J

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